Monday, June 6, 2011

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, "Lupus salictarius", meaning wolf among scrubs." Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle's legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.


I stole the previous copy from Russian River's website. Their Pliny the Elder beer is a true treat. Any place that you find it on tap, order a pint of it. You won't be disappointed. It is a great beer that you will want time and time again. It is a tough find, as Russian River is a small brewery, but they brew a big beer!

20 comments:

  1. Hm, thanks for the tip, will test it later. :)

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  2. Good reading, i will watch your posts.

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  3. That's interesting to know, I love reading about Rome.

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  4. that is interesting history

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  5. never heard of it but if i see it ill give it a try

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  6. Interesting, who would've thought.

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  7. Awesome. I love reading about history. Especially when it dates back this far and when it relates to things like beer!

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  8. Will try it out if I see it around

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  9. Tough to find? Any idea if anywhere in U.S.A or Germany has it?

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  10. I'll make sure to hunt this beer down like treasure :D

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  11. I will be on the lookout for this beer.

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  12. I hope you will update soon, don't forget to check in on my update.

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  13. thanks for the tips dude, will have to keep an eyeout, sounds like one delicious beverage

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